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Levels of Knowing Exercise [Note i]

EXERCISE    In pairs, 20 minutes each.

Client picks a context
(We recommend a situation where they sometimes act from their misleading representation and sometimes from what they know to be true — and they would like to do more of the latter.)

Facilitator says:

1. Find a space where you can:

1a.  Use your body to nonverbally represent or enact a metaphor for the misleading representation [=A].

[Wait until they have]

1b.  Use your body to nonverbally represent or enact a metaphor for what you know to be true [=B].

[Wait until they have]
[Note ii]

1c.  Slowly, slowly move your body from one to the other ... [wait until they have], and then slowly move back again ... [wait until they have].
[Note iii]

Continue to move between the two until you notice:
[Note iv]
- what happens when you start the movement in one direction?
[Wait]

- what happens when you start the movement in the other direction?
[Wait]

- what happens at, and either side, of the change-point or transition between one and the other?
[Wait]
[Note v]

Optional Question:
- What’s the last thing that happens before you fully enact A and fully enact B?


2.  Find a space that knows about all of this.

[When the client is in space 2]:

- What do you know from here about [gesture to space 1 (or to spaces 1A & 1B)] all of that?
- Is there anything else you know about that?
- What do you now know about how you do not act from what you know to be true and you do act from what you know to be misleading?”
[Note vi]

3.  Find a space that knows about all of this.
[When the client has space 3]:

- What do you know from here about [gesture to spaces 1 & 2] all of that?”
- Is there anything else you know about that?
- What do you now know about how you act from what you know to be true even when [gesture to 1 & 2]?

If you have time, go through all the steps at least one more time to see what difference the new knowings make.

4. Find another space that know something else about all of this.

- What do you know from here about [gesture to spaces 1, 2 & 3] all of that?”
- Is there anything else you know about that?
- What difference does knowing this make?

NOTES:

i. We designed this exercise using the principles of Judith deLozier use of 'Somatic Syntax' and David Grove's Clean Space.

ii. The client may either enact the two metaphors in one place, or in two spaces (one for A and one for B). There is no need for you to mention this. If the clients ask, just say "as you choose".

iii. The aim is for the client to move each part of their body bit by bit so they can notice what starts the movement from one state/metaphor to the other and to get a sense of the choices points that may be come apparent as they slow down the movement.

iv. The whole of stage 1 can be done nonverbally or the client can answer these questions as they go along. The key is to keep their body engaged in the process and their words just reporting on what is happening, i.e. no explanations or stories.

v. The 'route' from A to B may be different from B to A, and have a different change-point.

vi. The facilitator can use a few, just a few, Clean questions to develop any metaphors that may spontaneously arise.



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